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Chowder House

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Neil's Harbor, Nova Scotia B0C 1N0, Canada
+1 902-336-2463
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“chowder” (167 reviews)
“seafood” (60 reviews)
“mussels” (52 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Canadian, Soups
$$ - $$$
Neil's Harbor, Nova Scotia B0C 1N0, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Excellent haddock burger, very casual diner with great atmosphere and views that will take your breath away. Service was great, friendly people as with all locations in Nova Scotia! So glad I found this lovely spot.

Thank Tammy A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch while driving Cabot Trail. My lobster club sandwich was very good but my husband's fried haddock was very dry and overlooked. The restaurant was very hot. On the bright side the location is very pretty, out on the point with lots of...More

Thank tosca1951
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife had halibut and I had seafood platter. Everything was good and the scallops were the best I have ever had. Great views while eating.

Thank Con K
Reviewed 1 week ago

A hut by the sea, packed because the food is so good. Seafood chowder was piping hot, chock full of fish and shellfish and the lobster sandwich was huge. Go there.

Thank Moshinsky
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are an abundance of little cafes along the Cabot Trail. This particular place is at Neil's Harbor. We got there just around 11:30 and by the time we were done it was packed with loads of people waiting. It is a good stopping point...More

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Simple seaside diner w/ great food, friendly service and many customer regulars. Be patient; it's worth it. Keep aside some room for the ice cream in the base of the neighboring lighthouse on the other side of the parking lot! Robby of Maui & Friends

Thank RobbyofMaui
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two inattentive and uninterested servers. Our food was marginal at best. This place has a great view but I would pass on eating there again.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Cabot Trail road clockwise and were pretty hungry by the time we got to Neil's Harbor. There are very few places to eat when you come this way around the road. There was a real crowd waiting for lunch, and we got...More

Thank astronomer1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Chowder house the first week in September and we both said it was average. The chowder was so so, my wife had the crab cakes and found that there was more potato in them than crab. I had the lobster dinner and...More

Thank MolsonmanToronto
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw the sign for the Chowder House and decided to try it out. The road we took to the restaurant runs through a small fishing village where the scenery was incredible. The actual restaurant itself sits on top of a cliff that over looks...More

Thank Ms B
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Susan R
12 July 2016|
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Response from Jolene R |
We plan on closing Oct 15. We are open 11:30 am until 6:30 pm. Sorry, we do not serve breakfast.
It is unfortunate you feel this way. I am the waitress you are referring to. I had offered each and every customer that arrived at the restaurant that day to be seated in the cooler section. Unfortunately there were no tables available at that time and people waiting to be seated.. They preferred to sit in the section that had the best view as did yourself with your group. There was only one lady in the group of 6 that was uncomfortable and I did keep checking her. The others in her group were fine. The gentlemen with her also thanked me for the wonderful service. Their food was ready to be served and we were not to have people moving to tables (with food in their hands). We are very small and try our best to accommodate each and every patron. We always go over and above what is expected of us. As for "seniors beware" we host residents from the nursing home every year and they are treated with the utmost respect. We hope you do return to our restaurant and as they were before, circumstances will be friendly and accommodating. We appreciate each and every comment that it placed on this site. I am certified with Tourism Nova Scotia and have worked in the Hospitality Industry for a total of 20 years. There is always room for improvement in any business no matter what the circumstance. When you return we will treat you and each person young and old equally as we always do. Thank you for your patronage. I hope your next visit to Cape Breton will be a pleasurable one.
17 September 2015|
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Response from Timothy H |
This was not my review. I had no trouble with any of the staff which I indicated--just the food--probably the worst I had in Nova Scotia during our three week vacation. We were a couple.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Canadian, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Neil's Harbor, Nova Scotia B0C 1N0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Neil's Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 902-336-2463
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